Local business replaces slashed tires after Harrison neighborhood hit by vandals

Posted at 9:50 PM, Jun 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-03 00:13:04-04

HARRISON, Ohio -- It wasn't the Sunday morning wake-up call Betty Whisman was expecting.

"It was heartbreaking," she said. "It was absolutely heartbreaking."

Like many of her neighbors on Flintstone Drive, Whisman woke up to discover that all of her tires had been slashed and many of the homes in her neighborhood had been defaced with sexual, racist graffiti -- words so explicit we can't reproduce them here.

The vandalism on her family's two cars would cost Whisman around $700 if she replaced them herself, she said. 

She won't have to do so.

When Joey Madden, president of Cincinnati Asphalt, heard what had happened, he reached out to some of the victims.

"I think at first they thought we just wanted to help them financially or give toward the cause," he said. "We actually told them we will replace their tires for them."

Madden said he hopes something good can come from the incident.

"It's fun to surprise people, and there's so much bad going on," he said. "It's nice to do something kind for people and try to restore some faith in humanity."

As for the vandals, Harrison police said they will face felony charges once arrested. Police requested that anyone with information about the incident call them at 513-367-3715.